By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
If you shop at the new M.Y.R. Boutique on Chemawa Road, plan to stop by in the late afternoon or evening.
It’s not that owner Maritza Yazmin Ramirez loves to sleep in.
During the day, Maritza goes to classes before working at her shop from 4 to 8 p.m.
Maritza is a 15-year-old sophomore at McNary High School. She started selling dog clothing online at age 11 and has expanded from there. Her boutique at 390 Chemawa Road N. has an emphasis on fairy princess tutus and wings, in addition to shoes and hair accessories.
“My dog got me started,” Maritza said during her grand opening March 29. “Dog clothing is so expensive. I joked with my mom we should start a business and sell dog clothes. She said to do it.”
Thus the online Precious Gems online store was born, with items ranging from dog clothing to clothes for children.
“It worked out great,” Maritza said. “Business was pretty good. We sold items mostly to family. My brother and sister helped me make fliers.”
Younger sister Briana, 12, an aspiring model, models clothes for Maritza’s website and also helps out at the store. Maritza’s dad and uncle did work on the building, located on the other half of the facility housing Classic Tap Dance Studio.
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